Setting up a website is easy, you just need to buy webhosting from Bluehost, follow my steps below and you will have webhosting setup in minutes.
(Use my Bluehost affiliate link throughout to ensure that you get a 50% discount off the normal hosting price when you sign up to a three year contract)
Simply follow the steps below to discover how easy it is to purchase VPS webhosting from Bluehost, which is the webhosting service we use and recommend for all our sites.
Click on the VPS Hosting link under the hosting tab on the Bluehost homepage, as in the image below:
You now have a choice to make regarding the particular level of VPS hosting you purchase, as you can see from the image below:
Frankly you only need the cheapest package to start off with and you can always upgrade to a larger hosting package later on when you need more server resources. For now you can be online for years and never need anything better than the cheapest package.
How you proceed from here depends on if you already have a domain name or not, but it is as simple as choosing box 1 or box two on the next screen, as you can see in the image below:
If you do not already own a domain name then fill in box 1 to search for something simple (like your own name, if you wish) so that you can quickly get it setup and proceed to the next step.
Don’t worry if you are not sure at this stage what domain name you want to use for your final website as you can always buy multiple domain names later on to use with your new hosting account!
If you already have a domain that you own and wish to use with your new Bluehost VPS webhosting package then simply fill in box 2.
(You can always choose to transfer the domain name you own to Bluehost later on if you so wish, although it is not necessary for Bluehost to be your domain name registrar in order to have your website running on the hosting they provide.)
At this stage you are now ready to setup your account with Bluehost by filling in the required personal details, as you can see in the image below:
As you can see your Bluehost purchase receipt will be sent to the email address you specify, so please make certain to choose your best email address and ensure you type it in exactly – you do not want your hosting purchase receipt going missing!
You can now choose the length of time that you want to purchase your VPS hosting for.
This is an important decision!
You are making a commitment of both time and money here, however its worth repeating once more that unless you sign up for three years at this stage you will not get that massive 50% off VPS hosting price, as you can see in the image below:
As you can see in the drop down boxes you can anywhere from 1 to 36 months to purchase your hosting for and the total price charged at the bottom will update as you make the changes.
However there is still more to decide that will affect the overall price you pay, namely whether to purchase with or without Domain name privacy.
Domain name privacy prevents your purchase address details from being made public, so for that reason it is recommended to keep it, especially as it is so cheap anyway.
You can always save money on the other options discussed in a moment.
When you deselect the other more expensive options provided you can see that the overall purchase price has dropped, as you can see in the image below:
Once again deselecting domain name privacy does make the overall purchase price cheaper, however you are only saving a Dollar a month, so it really is not worth it for the peace of mind you are buying.
Whatever decision you make, you have almost completed the hosting purchase from Bluehost!
You now simply need to complete your payment information and you are moments away from having a fully functional hosting account for your website, as you can see in the image below:
All you need to do is enter in your chosen card number, expiration date and the code digits requested, being careful to ensure you enter them all in correctly, as making a mistake at this stage will delay your purchase.
Finally all you need do next is click on the submit button and you are done!